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A dash of dastardly deeds and dairy delights!

Book by Peter Welkin, music by Ron Barnett, lyrics by Randi Wolfe

Here are some excerpts:

 

A good ol’ fashioned boo-hiss-filled melodrama in which innocent Constance Goodwin’s family farm is in danger of falling into the hands of villainous Mr. Fouler.

A villain (boo!), a hero (yay!), a heroine (aww!), and trusty sidekicks in a romp with plenty of audience interaction. “You must pay the mortgage!” “But, I can’t pay the mortgage!” “You must pay the mortgage!” “But, I can’t pay the mortgage!” Woe-is-me! Mortgage meltdowns provide the recipe for a modern musical melodrama full of madcap mayhem.  Filled with local references which you can swap for your own hometown, tailoring it to your audience.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 4 men; 2 women
SET: Multiple locations
ORCHESTRATION: Piano, bass, drums
GENRE: Comic Melodrama

Synopsis

It’s dire straits for the family farm! (Oh No!!)  Constance laments her pitiful woes (Awwww), while Cousin Helena bristles at Constance’s naiveté and itches to get back to Chicago.

Frederich von Fouler, the unscrupulous villain (Boo!) hatches a dastardly scheme to marry Constance and steal her land, lusting for the riches that are buried there.  But when the heroic Jonathon meets Constance, it’s love at first bite…of her bread and butter! (Awwww) This changes everything! (Yay!)  With villainous epiphanies, dastardly disguises and slanderous lies, Fouler forces Constance to say I do. (Boo!)  There’s a bunch of shenanigans involving the sidekicks, Helena and Simon, some polkas in a cemetery, a stylized cartoon fight and the villain’s demise…getting sucked down the beer vat pipes, of course.  In the end, Constance and Jonathon launch their dairy empire dreams, the villain has been corked, the sidekicks have their shot at heroism, and all has been put right in the world.  (Yay!)

Creator Bios

PETER WELKIN (book) is a graduate of AMDA NY and currently serves as a writer, producer, director, and sight-singing actor with the Academy for New Musical Theatre, which has recently been re-imagined as New Musicals Inc. (https://nmi.org/) This organization is dedicated to training and developing new musical writing talent as well as getting those new pieces to a point where they can be produced in the real world. Peter is also a founding member of the Academy Repertory Company and has been a part of workshopping and presenting an untold number of shows. Monday nights are almost always busy with one new musical project or another.

RON BARNETT (music) is a composer living in Los Angeles, where he is Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale. Prior to this appointment, he was for ten years Resident Musical Director and Composer at the Fulton Theatre, a LORT D house in Lancaster, PA. His musical, Around the World in 80 Days, with book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay, premiered at the Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) in March 2007. He wrote music and lyrics for A Christmas Carol, with book by Fulton playwright-in-residence Barry Kornhauser, which received a 2001 Red Rose Award and was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2013.

RANDI WOLFE (lyrics) is an alumnus of Theatre Building Chicago’s Musical Theater Writers Workshop. Born and raised in the Midwest, Randi moved to Los Angeles in 2007. A member of New Musicals Inc. since her arrival, she is proud to be collaborating with fellow NMI members on this show. Her work includes “Mom! A New Musical” which has been performed at theaters throughout the midwest and most recently at the Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville, Minnesota.

History

When Butter Churns to Gold was developed in association with New Musicals Inc., and Northern Sky Theatre. It received its World Premiere at Northern Sky during the summer of 2015, and was remounted by popular demand in 2016. It received its West Coast Premiere at The Great American Melodrama in spring 2017.

Reviews

“Uproarious parody of a melodrama.”
– Green Bay Press Gazette, Erin Hunsader

“Delectable…filled with cheeky humor…fresh theatrical delights.”
– BroadwayWorld.com, Peggy Sue Dunigan

“Irrepressibly impish…cleverly constructed.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Fischer

A dash of dastardly deeds and dairy delights!

Book by Peter Welkin, music by Ron Barnett, lyrics by Randi Wolfe

A good ol’ fashioned boo-hiss-filled melodrama in which innocent Constance Goodwin’s family farm is in danger of falling into the hands of villainous Mr. Fouler.

Here are some excerpts:

 

A villain (boo!), a hero (yay!), a heroine (aww!), and trusty sidekicks in a romp with plenty of audience interaction. “You must pay the mortgage!” “But, I can’t pay the mortgage!” “You must pay the mortgage!” “But, I can’t pay the mortgage!” Woe-is-me! Mortgage meltdowns provide the recipe for a modern musical melodrama full of madcap mayhem.  Filled with local references which you can swap for your own hometown, tailoring it to your audience.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 4 men; 2 women
SET: Multiple locations
ORCHESTRATION: Piano, bass, drums
GENRE: Comic Melodrama

Synopsis

It’s dire straits for the family farm! (Oh No!!)  Constance laments her pitiful woes (Awwww), while Cousin Helena bristles at Constance’s naiveté and itches to get back to Chicago.

Frederich von Fouler, the unscrupulous villain (Boo!) hatches a dastardly scheme to marry Constance and steal her land, lusting for the riches that are buried there.  But when the heroic Jonathon meets Constance, it’s love at first bite…of her bread and butter! (Awwww) This changes everything! (Yay!)  With villainous epiphanies, dastardly disguises and slanderous lies, Fouler forces Constance to say I do. (Boo!)  There’s a bunch of shenanigans involving the sidekicks, Helena and Simon, some polkas in a cemetery, a stylized cartoon fight and the villain’s demise…getting sucked down the beer vat pipes, of course.  In the end, Constance and Jonathon launch their dairy empire dreams, the villain has been corked, the sidekicks have their shot at heroism, and all has been put right in the world.  (Yay!)

Creator Bios

PETER WELKIN (book) is a graduate of AMDA NY and currently serves as a writer, producer, director, and sight-singing actor with the Academy for New Musical Theatre, which has recently been re-imagined as New Musicals Inc. (https://nmi.org/) This organization is dedicated to training and developing new musical writing talent as well as getting those new pieces to a point where they can be produced in the real world. Peter is also a founding member of the Academy Repertory Company and has been a part of workshopping and presenting an untold number of shows. Monday nights are almost always busy with one new musical project or another.

RON BARNETT (music) is a composer living in Los Angeles, where he is Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale. Prior to this appointment, he was for ten years Resident Musical Director and Composer at the Fulton Theatre, a LORT D house in Lancaster, PA. His musical, Around the World in 80 Days, with book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay, premiered at the Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) in March 2007. He wrote music and lyrics for A Christmas Carol, with book by Fulton playwright-in-residence Barry Kornhauser, which received a 2001 Red Rose Award and was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2013.

RANDI WOLFE (lyrics) is an alumnus of Theatre Building Chicago’s Musical Theater Writers Workshop. Born and raised in the Midwest, Randi moved to Los Angeles in 2007. A member of New Musicals Inc. since her arrival, she is proud to be collaborating with fellow NMI members on this show. Her work includes “Mom! A New Musical” which has been performed at theaters throughout the midwest and most recently at the Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville, Minnesota.

History

When Butter Churns to Gold was developed in association with New Musicals Inc., and Northern Sky Theatre. It received its World Premiere at Northern Sky during the summer of 2015, and was remounted by popular demand in 2016. It received its West Coast Premiere at The Great American Melodrama in spring 2017.

Reviews

“Uproarious parody of a melodrama.”
– Green Bay Press Gazette, Erin Hunsader

“Delectable…filled with cheeky humor…fresh theatrical delights.”
– BroadwayWorld.com, Peggy Sue Dunigan

“Irrepressibly impish…cleverly constructed.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Fischer